“The accumulation of all powers..in the same hands, whether of one or many (is) the very definition of tyranny.” (James Madison, Federalist Paper #47, 1788) ( Background Essay) This quote explains the reasoning for one of the framers, (B) Separation of Powers. The framers of the constitution were created to prevent tyranny and create a stronger government that would hold the nation together. Tyranny ultimately means harsh, absolute power in the hands of one individual-- like a king or dictator. The constitution guarded against tyranny in 4 ways: (A)Federalism, (B)Separation of Powers, (C)Checks & Balances, and (D)Small State-Large State.
A voting U.S. citizen does not directly elect the President and Vice President; instead, these voters directly elect designated intermediaries called "electors," who almost always have pledged to vote for particular presidential and vice presidential candidates. Many Americans believe that their vote directly affects who leads the election but that is simply not true. They are voting for their state Electoral College to vote for that candidate. The Electoral College was made way back when, so it has its pros and cons. Is this the right way to vote for the president of the United States.
In Federalist 51 Madison talks about the need for elected government officials to be controlled by a system of checks and balances. He talks about how each part of the government must be made sure as to not get too powerful as they might overpower the others. To do this Madison states that power must be distributed equally between each part, and divided as much as possible. For example Madison says “In the republican form of government, the legislative branch tends to be the most powerful.”
The Constitution guarded against tyranny due to the principles of government and the Great Compromise. This argument will be proven by Federalism, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, and the NJ and VA plans. Federalism guarded against tyranny by making sure the state and central governments can check each other to ensure neither government has total control. In Federalist Papers #51, Madison states, “the different government will each control each other, that at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.” Our government, being split into three branches, controls each other and makes sure that one branch won’t be able to gain more power.
The conflict between the parties is weakening the power of our national government because without Congress working together to create laws they are opposing each other. Even though this opposition may weaken us it is one of Congress 's’ implied powers. An implied power is a power that is practically given to the federal government, also known as an elastic clause. Congress’ arguments on gun control is wasting time, while they are arguing over something that may not ever be changed rather that passing new reasonable laws that can strengthen our country. The Democratic sit in was overall a failure at moving any
It establishes a government capable of controlling the violence’s and damage caused by factions. “There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its cause; the other, by controlling its effects. There are again two methods of removing the cause of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests”. Federalist 10 is basically a group of citizens with the interests of the whole community.
The two-party system is an essential part of our national government because if “[reinforces] the constitutional framework within which the voter may without peril exercise his freedom of political choice” (pg. 178). Just as the essay, “Toward a More Responsible Two-Party System” emphasized the importance of maintain a two-party
The United States is a realm of democracy. We the people have the rights to choose and elect our leaders at the national, state, and local level. On the national level, our president is elected by the people of the United States. However, in a presidential election, our popular votes don’t go directly into the race. Instead, we use an indirect method to elect our president through the Electoral College.
In this quote Madison use abundant image to exclaim the importance of liberty within a faction but it is impossible to perform because liberty is vital to political life. The second way was to give everyone the same interests, passions and similar opinions. Madison’s take on controlling the Factionalism in America was to Remove the causes and Control the effects. His ultimate solution came in the form of Federalism by dividing the government and keeping the factions at the most local of levels. Madison states that "The second expedient is as impracticable as the first would be unwise.".
In Federalist #10, Madison favored an indirect democracy upon assessing the human nature in relation to division. He discussed the fact that democratic governments are likely to be violent, short lived and contentious in nature. Stability will be affected once violence exist and tyranny could take over with the promise of peace where public liberty is at stake; therefore the country’s republican organization is a positive
The American government is a representative democracy with elected senators and representatives who execute laws to serve the best interest of the people. As FDR said, the ultimate purpose of government is to execute the people’s will. The fact is, however, that the duties of the government are a lot more specific than just serving the will of the people. There are dozens of different ways that politicians go about doing this: passing laws that will improve the general welfare of the population, reduce poverty, and increase safety.
John Locke thought that it is the citizen 's right to overthrow the government. Just like how the Colonists overthrew the king of England, and made a new government. The colonists of North America in the 1700s were getting
When a desired law wants to be made, it is first drafted as a bill. These bills must be passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives and when that occurs, it is then sent to the President where he can pass or veto that bill. When the bill is passed, it becomes a law. If the President vetoes the bill, it will be sent back to Congress in which at this point they can overturn the veto, but two thirds of congress must approve. The powers the Legislative branch gives can be seen as both Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian.
Seth Berman Ms. Roitz Pre-IB LA 9 12/4/15 Democracy and Lobbying America: the land of democracy. We are a nation founded by the people and for the people. Our government is supposed to represent the views of the average citizen, not some rich king in a far-off land. But currently, our government does not represent the views of the electorate.